After the latest firmware update showed a new codename, rumours about the new Nintendo Switch console intensified again. Industry insiders are even talking about a new model that can be equipped with two monitors.
For months, Nintendo fans have been speculating about the possible successor to the currently very popular Switch. Most importantly, the more powerful Pro model with Nvidia Volta GPU is very popular.
However, so far, the Japanese manufacturer has only demonstrated the new console in the form of the more compact and cheaper Switch Lite and the second-generation classic Switch. The 2019 revision is convincing and its battery life is a significant increase. Nintendo confirmed that it does not want to launch a new switch model in 2020. However, the current “leak” has brought hope to fans.
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In the source code of the recently released firmware update 10.0.0, software expert Mike Heskin encountered a new hardware model for Nintendo Switch, which is code-named “nx-abcd”. A well-known naming scheme (such as nx-abca) that the company used before introducing the first switch console and lite branch. Heskin ’s tweet attracted attention, mainly because the second screen was allegedly mentioned, and the second screen can be specifically integrated for the new model. However, in what form it will still be used.
Some people speculate that there is a new switch in the style of Nintendo 3DS / 2DS or Wii U (including touch screen controller). Despite this unconfirmed information, the possible Nintendo Switch Pro is still under discussion. This also applies to the new form factor of the game console. Which can only be used with the switch base on the TV and does not have an internal display. The price of this fixed model may be as low as the price of Switch Lite. Which does not have a docking option for handheld devices.
Nintendo Switch: the best features of the new firmware update
With the update of firmware version 10.0.0, Nintendo Switch has acquired two important new features. Therefore, users of hybrid consoles will benefit from more possibilities for outsourcing games to SD cards and adjusting the button assignments of Joy-Cons and Pro controllers.
If this does not happen automatically, owners of Nintendo Switch and handheld Nintendo Switch Lite can now trigger the download of software update 10.0.0. The new firmware provides important improvements in the area of memory and software management.
It is now possible to change the location of downloaded games, DLC and applications in the future. Move the game from the internal storage to the microSD card and vice versa. The various update files are still stored directly in the Switch’s memory.
Joy-Cons and Pro-Controller get important remapping capabilities
Nintendo has also changed the button assignments for all Joy-Con, Switch Pro controllers and Switch Lite’s permanently integrated buttons. The remapping feature allows up to five controllers to be assigned a personalized button layout that is saved directly on the console and then available to all players.
Therefore, the user can change the “preset” according to the game situation, or usually adjust the assignment of buttons and analogue sticks. A popular change may be to change the A and B buttons, for example, to fit the layout of the Xbox One wireless controller.
Last but not least, Nintendo can now create up to 300 bookmarks for internal news so that even after a long time. Fans of the new Animal Crossing: New Horizons game can also look forward to six new icons that can be selected for their avatars.
However, if you are currently looking for Nintendo Switch, you will have to wait patiently. Because the demand is particularly high due to the Coronavirus Crisis. However, the stores of well-known online stores are gradually filling up.